Februaries past, 50 years ago.
From LaGrange Daily News, 1964.
Front Page News
Crystal Ball to Troup Future? — Does Troup County’s planning commission have some sort of crystal ball whereby it can predict future developments and changes here and thereby “plan” for these changes?
Yes, in a way.
The crystal ball is made up of maps and statistical data and to this Troup County’s professional planner, Dale Featherston, adds years of study and experience.
Featherston was hired recently by the Troup County Planning Commission in an intensive planning effort to project and interpret data relating to rural Troup County, LaGrange, Hogansville and West Point. You might say he is preparing the crystal ball.
His first order of business was readying his office space upstairs in the City Hall in LaGrange. Two part-time employees have been hired by the Planning Commission to help him. They are Mrs. Chuck Franklin, for secretarial work, and Lamar White, a part-time draftsman for the commission.
Included in his proposals for the comprehensive plan will be (1) Arrangements for the future pattern of residential, commercial, industrial and other lands. (2) Provisions for the organization of highways and the circulation of vehicles. (3) Estimates for the school, recreation, water and public facilities which will be required to serve future community activities.
Using the research generated, the commission can then make recommendations for action by the proper county authorities.
In discussing the poroject, Featherston said,”Good continuous planning is the ultimate goal.”
Star Students Named — A LaGrange High School girl and a Troup High School boy have been named Star Student for 1964 and both have selected English teachers as their Star Teachers.
Linda Baker has been named Star Student at LHS and she selected Miss Lillian Clark as her star teacher.
Michael Woodrow Shelton was named Star Student at Troup High School. He has selected Mrs. DeWitt Long as his star teacher.
The announcement was made today by the local Rotary Club, sponsor of the project. Designation was based on top ranking scores on the December College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test and scholastic achievements during the first semester of the senior year.
LHS Names Linda Baker 1964 Miss Good Citizen — Linda Baker, LaGrange High School senior and 1964 Star Student, has been selected “Miss Good Citizen” of the 1963-64 senior class at LHS.
In the Good Citizen Contest sponsored annually by the LaGrange Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, members of the class and the faculty voted by secret ballot for the girl who in their estimation possesses the finest qualities of good citizenship. Qualifications outlined by the National DAR committee for choosing a good citizen include: dependability, service, leadership and patriotism.
Mrs. Mary Jane Crayton, chairman of the Good Citizens Committee of the LaGrange D.A.R., presented the award during the assembly period Wednesday at LaGrange High School.
Student Journalist Honored — LaGrange High School student Nancy Newman attended the annual Georgia Broadcasters Association Convention held recently at the University of Georgia in Athens.
Nancy, who is editor of the LHS Clarion, is runner-up in the WSB Radio-Television Reporting Contest. First place winner is Linda Raison of Dalton.
LaGrange Brothers See Most of Europe, East — Two brothers from LaGrange, Nathan and Norman Cox, have traveled over most of Europe and the Far East.
EM3 Nathan is a frogman and deep sea diver in the U.S. Navy and is stationed in Japan. He is on a three-months tour of duty over Japan, China and the Phillipines. A graduate of LaGrange High School, he joined the Navy in 1959.
Airman First Class Norman is stationed in Evruex in France and serving with the MBL Communications Squad. His travels have taken him to Greece, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and India. His wife and two children live in France. He attended LaGrange High School and joined the Air Force, now serving in his third enlistment.
Here and There — A local lady made a right turn from the left lane and promptly collided with another car. The driver ran from his car and screamed, “Lady, why didn’t you signal?”
“Don’t be silly,” she returned brightly. “I always turn here.”